2021 Hacking and Riding

Gosh @GaryB that looks as if you tried to jump the fence on your own!

I love your pictures and I love how much you love Harvey. You seem so well suited. He is your first horse, isn't he? How did you find him? It's quite a leap of faith buying such a big powerful horse, but he seems to be a poppet.
 
Busy day today - ride, farrier and covid booster. Hogan is still a tad slow, but such a lovely ride atm. We just meandered through the tracks and enjoyed each other's company. Met some dog walkers, one of whom was a vet. She fell for Hogan hook, line and sinker! Twirled his moustache and lifted his forelock to look at him - he just stood and basked in it. I remarked to the farrier that this is the longest Hogan's been with anyone in 8 years, and he replied, "That's because he's with someone who knows what they're doing - he knows where he stands". Biggest compliment ever - coming from a farrier. Not sure about knowing what I'm doing though - I thought I was just winging it! All I need now is not to react to my jab, and it'll have been a good day.Screenshot_20211217-150758_Gallery.jpg
 
Busy day today - ride, farrier and covid booster. Hogan is still a tad slow, but such a lovely ride atm. We just meandered through the tracks and enjoyed each other's company. Met some dog walkers, one of whom was a vet. She fell for Hogan hook, line and sinker! Twirled his moustache and lifted his forelock to look at him - he just stood and basked in it. I remarked to the farrier that this is the longest Hogan's been with anyone in 8 years, and he replied, "That's because he's with someone who knows what they're doing - he knows where he stands". Biggest compliment ever - coming from a farrier. Not sure about knowing what I'm doing though - I thought I was just winging it! All I need now is not to react to my jab, and it'll have been a good day.View attachment 109802
That's lovely isn't it when someone says something like that. Course you know what you're doing! Vibes for no bad reaction either from the booster. Were you okay first and second time?
 
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Played w Sonny online in the arena yesterday am.
The wind was really awful. The gusts almost knocked you over.


He was silly and full of himself but not to the point of yanking on the line.

Late in the afternoon I played at liberty in his area he must have gotten it out
He wasnt silly.

Ugh today will be rain sleet snow ice.

Its going to start sooner now.
Instead of mid morning its going to be starting before its light out. ugh....
 
Llloooooong fast hack today šŸ˜‚šŸ˜…

From getting on to getting off was 14mins. Thick fog but show tomorrow so I wanted to at least sit on. Gave him the choice of down the back track or round the field. He chose field but really didnā€™t see the need to go out at all. Very odd tho as far side of the field was sunny and quite pleasant to be riding. Coming back couldnā€™t actually see the gate. We plodded the entire way. He dosnt plod very often šŸ˜‚
 
Got out this morning and it was a bit grey, but very still and quiet. Hogan still a bit slow, but I didn't mind so much - I hadn't slept well, so quite happy to mooch. He was a good lad, if a bit reluctant. VERY sweaty when we got home, even though we didn't do much.Screenshot_20211219-180354_Gallery.jpg
 
I love your pictures and I love how much you love Harvey. You seem so well suited. He is your first horse, isn't he? How did you find him? It's quite a leap of faith buying such a big powerful horse, but he seems to be a poppet.
Sorry for the late reply - Monday to Thursday is computers, and Friday to Sunday is horses :)

Harvey and I have a great time together and is is very much my hors. He behaves differently for me than anyone else, so for example the girls can bring horses in in any order, but I have to bring Harvey in first because if I don't he canters round in disgust!

He is sort of my first horse. I had a mad Anglo Arab for a couple of years (in about 1984) but it wasn't a passion and I gave up for over 30 years. He came through a dealer that specialises in para riders but they got him from a SJ stables in Ireland. I'm not a good rider but I'm quite confident which is what Harvey needs. He is can be very strong and definitely is not for the faint hearted! He is easier on the ground though.

Everybody but me thinks he is huge - all my riding school horses were big so its just what I am used too :)

They say everything has its price, but he's not for sale for any money! Its a yard joke that I won't let anyone else ride him, but no one would want to!
 
One of those weekends when I was glad to get back to work for a rest ;)
Friday was cold but dry so Harvey and I had a nice hour hacking round.
On Saturday L had another SJ competition. You may remember our last attempt to go ended up with us sitting on the side of the motorway broken down. Since then she has bought a new car, but that has broken already (the only luck she has is bad!). I felt sorry for her so I took her in my lorry. Typically she was the first rider in at 9:06 :( We left the yard a 7:20 (which is way before my getting up time!). She had a reasonable round with just one down in the jump-off to finish 10th. I was doing the yard in the afternoon so I just had time to ride Harvey in the school before sorting out the other 7. There is normally someone to help but on Saturday it was just me.
On Sunday I was all day groom, but with help from YO at the start and end of the day. I has a pretty horrible day with the fog barely lifting so I decided to give Harvey a day off. No photos this week (slapped wrist!)

Hacking
1 hour
4 miles

Schooling
15 minutes

Totals
Schooling
30 hours 45

Hacking
441 miles
140 hours 15
 
I didnt ride today. Covid rates were sky hgh, so we thought we might lock down and I cancelled my winter riding. Dont know what madness that was but have been reinstated and will ride next week.
I completely forgot I had cancelled her and spent a delightful time anticipating the ride and thinking out how I would ride her. And I would wear my new winter fleecy lined riding breeches like @carthorse's. OH and I went for a brisk walk this morning instead.
 
Horrible cold and damp. Just drizzly rain but made everything even colder despite not being below freezing. Robin has decided there is no point at all in staying out after a couple of hours (I agree) and was crying that I had left him out late (I hadnā€™t) and so he decided he needed a massage and his itches itched in his stable while munching and absolutely no need to go back out. He is very obliging, he moves himself round me so I just stand and massage while he presents the next bit he wants done!
 
Chilly today, but didn't wake Hogan up much - he's still a bit sluggish. Not helped by the fact that there were flipping ponies, flipping everywhere. Every time we got going, there was another one lurking in the bushes. Cue tripping over his own feet and glaring into the trees. This continued tonight, when he came in for his feed. Something spooked him, and for the first time, the invisible barrier at his door failed. He shot past me and trotted down the barn to the door. Luckily YO shut the door, but he was in a right state. I think the badger may have been in the bushes.Screenshot_20211221-194815_Gallery.jpgScreenshot_20211221-194843_Gallery.jpg
 
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